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Japan - Belgium

Well, it seems that the country has finally woken up to the fact that they're hosting and playing in a World Cup at the moment. After Japan's thrilling 2-2 draw against Belgium last night, we've been treated to non-stop TV recoverage of not only the goals, but the wild scenes of jubilation around the country.

It's common here for fans to gather not only in bars but also municipal halls, other stadia and even just on the street to watch the national team's matches - there's certainly no shortage of large open-air TV screens, after all - and the crowd reactions I saw were completely over the top... just wait till they win one...

None of us could get back from work in time to watch the match live, so Dave and Anita taped it and we watched it straight afterwards - we managed to avoid hearing the result, but what with the notorious thin-ness of Japanese apartment building walls and the neighbours' glee (two bursts of glee, to be precise) as the match was actually being played, we had the suspicion that something exciting was on the cards. What a nice change to see Japan playing flowing, attacking football for once. Roll on the Russia game and gambarre Nippon!*

Posted by chris at June 5, 2002 07:36 PM | Permalink


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